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Old 05-18-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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My name is Tania I am 27 and I have never owned a travel trailer in my life. I recently was given by a friend a 1971 compact jr.. More like told if I want it i have to dig it out of the pasture and it is yours for free. So last week I did. I am amazed at how excited I was to get it home finally. Here in South Texas whe have been getting alot of rain so I haven't had a chance to play with it but I am hoping to this week. Are there any other Compact jr trailer owners out there? I am having a hard time finding info on the web about them. I was wanting to find some kind of diagram or something that told me how all the wires and hoses were suppose to run. The trailer I got is in fairly good shape for being in a pasture for 10 years. It does need 2 windows replaced and the tarp stuff on the pop up replaced. All this will happen in due time. I was excited to find an a/c unit in it but am extreamly doubt-ful it works. So I will be restoring and making it my own and hope to meet some people that are in the same boat as I.
p.s. I will post some pics as soon as I can find my camera.
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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Free is a great deal! There are a lot of Compact Jr owners here. I have a cousin, the Trailswest Campster. I had the same problem initially- no idea what hoses did what. I still don't have the 12V connected... maybe this summer I'll get around to figuring it out (it has no loose wires to show where it used to be connected, oddly enough.)
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:14 PM   #3
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I'd say there are quite a few compact jr's around...and its one of the more common ones i see for sale on other forums etc...Welcome to the fiberglass rv forum and world
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:07 PM   #4
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Greetings from the Wet Coast!

I got my 73 Compact Jr a few month ago and have already logged almost 4000 miles. The wood is showing it's age and previous owner did some real redneck fixes on it. It's still campable, but next year I will gut it and refurbish. They only produced the Jr for 3 years (71 - 73) and info is sketchy but several here have them and we share info freely.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:44 PM   #5
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My name is Tania I am 27 and I have never owned a travel trailer in my life. I recently was given by a friend a 1971 compact jr.. More like told if I want it i have to dig it out of the pasture and it is yours for free. So last week I did. I am amazed at how excited I was to get it home finally. Here in South Texas whe have been getting alot of rain so I haven't had a chance to play with it but I am hoping to this week. Are there any other Compact jr trailer owners out there? I am having a hard time finding info on the web about them. I was wanting to find some kind of diagram or something that told me how all the wires and hoses were suppose to run. The trailer I got is in fairly good shape for being in a pasture for 10 years. It does need 2 windows replaced and the tarp stuff on the pop up replaced. All this will happen in due time. I was excited to find an a/c unit in it but am extreamly doubt-ful it works. So I will be restoring and making it my own and hope to meet some people that are in the same boat as I.
p.s. I will post some pics as soon as I can find my camera.
This is the best place to get answers to questions. The members have been really helpful to us.
We did some re-wiring on ours so it isn`t wired liked it came from the factory.
Have fun restoring it-warning!!!! Fixing up fiberglass trailers is addicting. We are always finding things we want to do to ours.
For the canvas replacement-put canvas in the search area. It should bring up posts about replacing the canvas which is what we are working on now.
Good luck and have fun.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:37 PM   #6
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We have both a Scamp and a Compact JR. I rebuilt the Cj two years ago. Here's a link to the saga. Good luck and welcome to the site. Larry

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=28776
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:31 AM   #7
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Here are some pics of me getting it out of the pasture and what it looks like before. I need to replace all of the glass in the back door. the sliding passenger side window needs to be replaced also. Any suggestions on how would be really appreciated. The whole thing is covered in moss and wipes off fairly easily. I will get the power-washer after it tomorrow. I am going to pull up all of the flooring and have already taken off all of the cabinet door and the drawers. the majority of that will need to be replaced because it was exposed to the elements for so long. I will try and keep y'all posted on what I am doing. Thanks for all of the comments.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:44 AM   #8
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WOW...Free.... ...a little rubbing, and good wash, and a little love and you got it made....take your time......and enjoy
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:42 PM   #9
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Does anyone know if I can replace just the floor without having to remove the whole fiberglass shell from the trailer? I need to replace rotted wood on the bottom of the cabinets at the sink/stove area and the closet/fridge area and both of the bench seats. I will just cut out the rotted to the good then mend. but i was wondering while i was down there doing all of that if it was possible to just unbolt and remove just the flooring so I could replace it.It is not too bad but it will have to be replaced sooner or later. Any help in how to do this will be much appreciated. Thanks
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:09 AM   #10
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Does anyone know if I can replace just the floor without having to remove the whole fiberglass shell from the trailer? I need to replace rotted wood on the bottom of the cabinets at the sink/stove area and the closet/fridge area and both of the bench seats. I will just cut out the rotted to the good then mend. but i was wondering while i was down there doing all of that if it was possible to just unbolt and remove just the flooring so I could replace it.It is not too bad but it will have to be replaced sooner or later. Any help in how to do this will be much appreciated. Thanks
YUP---- the shell has to be on to put the floor in as the floor sits on the part of the shell that wraps under. (take a peek underneath, I think you will understand) However, the cabinets do sit on the flooring, I had the closet side cabinets out/destroyed and the sink side bottom was gone (sink, stove, countertop was sorta hanging) when the floor was installed. So some ingenuity will be needed. Small soft/rotten spots can be dug out and patched with fiberglass resin. Larry
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EXCELLENT DEAL there Tania, good for you! You've definitely found the right website for friends and advice on rehabbing your CJ! Keep probing the website for answers to your questions as they come up, and for advise as well, but most of all, keep the pics coming so we can all see how you're doing! hehe We're a very curious and visual group, K? hehe

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Old 05-20-2010, 08:11 AM   #12
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I do not know the weather in South Central Texas but when your into this major reno you may want to think about some sort of insulation, glueing on some reflectix, foam, or whatever your choice. These rigs are prone to lots of condensation in cooler weather and in the warm, insulation helps to kep them cool inside.
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Yes, the floor comes up without removing the body from the frame. There are separate fasteners for each, if I remember correctly. As Larry states, the actual floor is only 4' wide down the middle of the trailer. My Compact Jr. had been gutted when I bought it. Instead of laying plywood from front-to-back, I pieced the new floor from side-to-side in order to extend it out to the side walls. Since mine was a blank slate, this allowed me to convert the closet/fridge area into a privacy room for my porta-potty, and I moved the ice-box to under the kitchen cabinet.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:16 PM   #14
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Hi Tania, I too had rotten wood under the kitchen and elsewhere, so I tore it out and replaced it.

Here's a link to the beginning of the kitchen rebuild:
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...st&p=327163

I hope it gives you some useful ideas.
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